Bad Case of Wanderlust? Cure it With a Bedroom Makeover.

Got a bad case of wanderlust and no money for a vacation? There’s a super simple cure – give your bedroom a beach villa makeover! Here’s how.

One cure for wanderlust are dreamy beach pictures like this one of Colombier beach.

An aerial view of Colombier beach. Photo: The Open Suitcase LLC

We go to St. Barth every April.

I know what you’re thinking.

“My, aren’t you a fancy Nancy?” Continue reading

Let it Rain: 5 Places to Get Wet This Spring

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Photo: NPR

It’s a fact. We need spring showers to get beautiful summer flowers. But no one wants their long-anticipated vacation ruined by torrential downpours. Paris in April is supposed to be magnificent, but where’s the fun if you spend an hour waiting on line in the rain to get inside Notre Dame? The secret to spring travel is to pick a destination where getting wet is part of the fun. Continue reading

Yahoo Travel: Rest in Peace

I lost my job at Yahoo Travel this week.

sunset-yahoo-travelIt’s my first involuntary separation. I initiated all of the previous ones. The first time was in college. I had a stellar work-study job – bartender at the campus pub. When I returned from summer break my senior year, the pub was transformed into a sleek food service operation and I was told that my beertending responsibilities now included food prep. Like Norma Rae, I cried “Hell no! I won’t fry!” and was promptly reassigned to a position as receptionist at the Cultural Center. Continue reading

Why You Should Hire a Tour Guide When You Travel: Part 2

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My second day in Cape Town happened to be my birthday so I was keen on having a fantastic day touring the peninsula. But I was still bothered by the nagging dilemma about whether it’s better to guide or not to guide?

When I returned I asked my travel agent, Yvette De Vries of African Portfolio, if she arranges tour guides for all of her clients or if I was projecting some type of weird “help me” vibe during our planning stage. She assured me that she encourages guides for guests visiting Cape Town. “It’s the best way to optimize the limited time available in a 150 square mile city that’s spread out around a 3,600 ft mountain.” Continue reading

Why You Should Hire a Tour Guide When You Travel: Part One

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“Is it okay if I take a few minutes and give you a little background about South African history? It’s not something most American schools teach.” That’s how Garth introduced himself and I bristled a bit. South Africa. I know about South Africa. There’s apartheid, Oscar Pistorius, the Sugar Man, and the Lion King. Heck. I participated in a sit-in during the 80’s to protest my college’s investments in South Africa, an effort that was abandoned after a few hours because I needed to get back to my apartment to host a party.

Okay.

I know nothing about South Africa.

But I hoped my guided tour of Cape Town would change that sad fact. Continue reading